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Abbers1026
05-04-2010, 11:34 AM
so I've been looking for a quick and easy baby hat pattern that I could knit up since my cousin is being put into labor 5 weeks early due to complications and since I'm still a new knitter I need something simple...I've found this and I think this might be a good quick knit. I was thinking of using some soft cotton yarn for it unless you all can tell me something that might be better or if you know of another easy pattern.

http://www.favecrafts.com/Knitting-for-Baby/Easy-Newborn-Hat-Knitting-Pattern#

hookedonknitting
05-04-2010, 11:42 AM
It looks like a pretty hat! If you are making it for use right away though, it might be too big. You might want to check out some preemie caps or nicu caps. I don't know your friends circumstance but it seems likely that little babe will spend some time there to get food and grow a bit. I think bevs cottage has a size chart for preemie heads if you are going to resize this pattern, Good luck to you and your friend!

Abbers1026
05-04-2010, 11:45 AM
yea I'm figuring on just juding the size as I'm working on it...its her second baby and its a boy so she didnt get a shower and had a girl for the first one so most of what she has is pink so I was thinking of just doing a quick little blue and white hat since there are several others in our family crocheting blankets for this one...looks like off the joanns I go on my lunch break...

hookedonknitting
05-04-2010, 11:59 AM
Make sure you get something super soft, preemies skin is much thinner that a newborns. I find that even some baby yarns can be a bit scratchy! So far my absolute favorite for softness is bernats bamboo, but I am not sure how well the fabric lasts since I have never washed my little creations yet!

PS I had twins who had to stay in the nicu and were 6 weeks early. They are making a horrible mess as we speak!

Abbers1026
05-04-2010, 12:06 PM
yea i was thinking either cotton or bamboo...i know all the stuff i have at home wont work so off the the store...lol...thats really just an excuse for more yarn shopping

Jan in CA
05-04-2010, 01:41 PM
That hat looks a little bulky, but I guess it's because it's garter stitch. I'm assuming you don't want hat knit flat... here's a few more.
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babynewhat.htm
http://straw.com/cpy/patterns/baby-child/2needle-baby-hat.html
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/seed-cap.html

For yarn I'd recommend a very soft cotton, bamboo or premium acrylic microfiber. Choose whichever weight and needles work with the pattern.

Abbers1026
05-04-2010, 03:03 PM
thanks and I'm happy to report that the little guy was born this morning at 8:52 weighing 6lbs and measuring 18in both mother and baby are doing well I'm told

Jan in CA
05-04-2010, 03:05 PM
Oh good, glad to hear it! :yay:

hookedonknitting
05-04-2010, 03:13 PM
YAY! What a great weight!

suzeeq
05-04-2010, 04:15 PM
That's a pretty good size for 5 weeks early. Good thoughts for everyone - hope he thrives very well and can go home quickly.